The Georges Highland Path

The Georges Highland Path (GHP) is a 50-mile network of low-impact footpaths in the midcoast region built and maintained by the Land Trust. This unique trail system is based on the participation of private landowners who graciously give permission for the public to cross their land. When hiking these trails, please respect the fact that you are on privately owned land.

Our goal in providing this vast trail system is to help you forge a close relationship with the land and develop a keen and active interest in working to protect this magnificent area.

Please donate to keep our trails open and safe. We also welcome corporate trail sponsorships.

 

HEADWATERS REGION

  • Frye Mountain

    The Frye Mountain section of the Georges Highland Path is located in Montville, ME, within the 5,240-acre state-owned Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area. This “lollipop” trail passes through mixed and coniferous forests, parallels a wonderful stretch of Bartlett Stream, the northern-most feeder stream of the Georges River, and crosses Frye’s summit at 1,122 ... Read more

  • Hogback Mountain

    The Hogback Mountain trail in Montville, ME, takes hikers past the gigantic glacial erratic known as “piano rock,” through a young beech forest, and up a 30-foot cliff with tiny cascading waterfalls. The payoff at the summit (1,115 feet) is ... Read more

 

CENTRAL REGION

  • Canal Path

    Canal Path is a 3-mile trail in Searsmont, ME, that traces a section of the historic Georges River Canal dating to the late 1700’s. There are interpretive displays along the trail describing the aspects of the canal system that are ... Read more

  • Mount Pleasant

    ***UPDATE: 7/5/16 – The Mount Pleasant farm trailhead is temporarily closed but that the Mt. Pleasant St. trailhead is open as an out and back trail to the scenic view.

    The Mount Pleasant Trail in Rockport begins at Mount Pleasant Street. You will begin alongside a field full of raspberry bushes. Then work your way across ... Read more

  • Ragged Mountain

    The Ragged Mountain trail in Camden and Rockport offers some of the steepest and most strenuous hiking in the midcoast region. The reward, however, is worth it. From the rocky ledges along the ridgeline of Ragged Mountain, hikers are greeted with westerly vistas across the Georges River watershed all the way to Mt. Washington, the ... Read more

  • Ridge to River

    The Ridge to River Trail in Searsmont connects our Gibson Preserve to the Canal Path via a five-mile footpath with significant stretches along the Georges River and fantastic views of the river valley as ... Read more

  • Spruce Mountain

    The Spruce Mountain Trail in Rockport is a short, quick hike up to fantastic views of its neighbor, Ragged Mountain, and Penobscot Bay. If you have friends or family in town and you really want to show off the area, this is the place to take them if you don’t have much time to devote ... Read more

 

SALTWATER REGION

  • Jones Brook Area

    The Jones Brook area includes three connected trails on the upper St. George peninsula:

    Town Forest Trail

    The ¾-mile Town Forest Trail is a loop trail that takes visitors through an area dominated by white cedar, balsam fir, and spruce, as well as along an alder thicket that borders the Jones Brook marsh. On the west side ... Read more

  • Oyster River Bog

    The Oyster River Bog trail is a moderately easy “walk through the woods” and provides excellent hiking opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. The Oyster River Bog, also known as the Rockland Bog, is an unusual 6,000-acre woodland nestled amid the busy mid-coast communities of Rockland, Rockport, and Warren.

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  • Thomaston Town Forest

    The Thomaston Town Forest trail passes through the 350-acre town forest that lies to the east of the Oyster River. The trail parallels the western boundary of the forest before veering northeast to pass Split Rock I, a huge glacial erratic. The trail offers mostly level hiking through mixed and coniferous woods which provide habitat ... Read more

  • Thomaston Village

    The Thomaston Village Trail is the first “urban” section of our Georges Highland Path. It is a pleasant three-mile sidewalk excursion through the town village and along its waterfront. The trail begins at the Thomaston Green, site of the former state prison, where it provides sweeping views of the St. George River from high above ... Read more

 
These corporate sponsors of the Georges Highland Path are critical to its success. Give them your business and say “thank you!”

Micoast Marine
Pen Bay Medical Center Waldo County Hospital

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